Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate free-to-play?
Despite the already fun to play game style and combat system, Dead or Alive 5 isn't doing as well as first anticipated. So the makers of the game, Team Ninja, have decided to go with a free-to-play model which is not unheard of for many of the MMO/MOBA games now a days.
The basics of this free-to-play version is similar to how League of Legends runs, and from my understanding there is going to be four free fighters to choose from; Ryu, Hayate, Kasumi, and Ayane. The other fighters in the game will all be unlocked with a fee, but everyone has the option to play each fighter on a free trial. Other things that will be free are tutorials and offline training.
This seems like a way to reach out to more players to get a better fan base for the game which isn't unreasonable. The free-to-play game is planned to be released on the Playstation 3, with the possibility of releasing on Xbox 360. Publisher Tecmo Koei is taking this game in the right direction; the game is not "The Best" fighting game that has ever come from this company, but it is not a bad game by any means. Currently, with other games like Injustice out, this seems like a good choice to make.